22 January 2019 - Danilovgrad is already a huge construction site. And the President of this Municipality, Zorica Kovačević, says it is going to be even more so. She announced numerous projects worth millions – from the construction of apartments for the citizens who mostly need it, 10-million EUR worth investment of the “Voli Trade” Company which plans to open a mall in this town, opening of the lounge and a service of the MAN company, as well as the construction of the main drain and construction of the new and reconstruction of existing roads. She claims that they are continually reducing the unemployment and that numerous investors are planning to move their business to Danilovgrad and thus create new jobs.
She adds that the existing sewerage system will be reconstructed. Also, the new one will be built.
“Reconstruction of the road across Martinići was planned to be undertaken. Also, the Government’s capital projects, such as the reconstruction of the old road Danilovgrad-Podgorica, go in our favor. Preparation works for the reconstruction of four lanes of the road Podgorica-Danilovrgrad are in progress. This year we will finish the project for the reconstruction of the “old road” Danilovgrad-Markovina and the tender for the reconstruction of the regional road Danilovgrad-Glava Zete will be called too,” says Kovačević.
Better supply of electric energy will the thanks to the reconstruction of low and high-voltage network.
“By the end of February, the project for the construction of apartments for retired persons will have been finished. The price of one square meter will be from 300 to 350 EUR, and that is a very reasonable price. We have provided funds for the reconstruction and construction of pipes and their removal,” says the President of the Municipality of Danilovgrad.
She proudly announces the opening of MAN lounge and service, an investment worth more than 3 million EUR, where around 15 persons from Danilovgrad will be employed.
“The construction of the new fire fighting brigade service has started as well as the reconstruction of the premises of Red Cross. Next week, the construction for the auxiliary field of FC Istra will begin. The construction of 50 apartments for the Armed Forces of Montenegro has begun too. “Bemax” company will build new grinder plant, where people will be able to find a job,” says Kovačević.
As she says, they are working hard on reducing unemployment.
Source: Cafe del Montenegro
January 23, 2019 - We came to Skaljari. Our tour around the villages of Boka Bay has arrived at one of the most characteristic points when it comes to the typical culture of living through time. Skaljari was not a naval settlement, not even a fishermen village. It was, and on some points still tries to be, just an ordinary village, characteristic for agriculture and families living together and supporting each other in good and bad times. Also, its inhabitants were well-known craftsmanship.
21 January 2019 - Culture Trip, a global tech startup that inspires people to explore the world’s culture and creativity, has recently posted an article on the list of “Overlooked European Countries Not Enough People Visit” and listed Montenegro as a stunning tourist destination!
Montenegro's sparkling coastline seems to be drawing visitors more than ever since the tiny, picturesque island of Sveti Stefan was turned into a luxury hotel. This glamorous holiday destination appears to have become a hit with tourists from all over the world.
As explained by the Culture Trip journalist India Irving, tourists nowadays search for destinations that offer fewer crowds and less expensive flights. According to her guide, by visiting a country that isn’t as popular as, for example, France or Italy, you get an opportunity to “discover a place you haven’t already seen a million photos of”.
“Of course these destinations will be busy because this is still Europe after all,” Culture Club explains, but the “unpopular” destinations have their unique charms. The article suggests the most pristine beaches, amazing sceneries, majestic islands, dreamy villages, breath-taking castles and places known for hospitality and generosity. The list offers some picturesque locations that you need to plan your trip to ASAP!
Taking into consideration the luxurious resorts, seaside retreats and mountain getaways that make the small country a stunning place for a holiday, India Irving recommends that this year, you skip Croatia and head to Montenegro. “Its old towns will bring you back to another time, and its nightlife will be fun too, without sending you home needing another vacation. The sea is stunning, the people friendly, and the food healthy and delicious!”
Aside from Montenegro, the List of “11 Overlooked European Countries Not Enough People Visit” includes Austria, Cyprus, Faroe Islands, Finland, Luxembourg, Malta, Northern Ireland, Norway, Poland and Romania.
22 January 2019 - On January 22, Ambassador of Great Britain to Montenegro, Her Excellency Ms Alison Camp met with the Mayor of Herceg Novi Stevan Katić and his associates.
The focus of the first official discourse between Katić and Camp were the potentials for the development of Herceg Novi, the vision of local government, current and planned projects, the relationship between local and state authorities, and current investments in the field of tourism.
The Ambassador pointed out that Herceg Novi is a city of significant potentials, which development should be carefully planned. In this regard, the representatives of the Municipality informed Her Excellency about the adoption of the Spatial Plan of the Municipality, as well as about the activities and difficulties in that area.
During the meeting, Ambassador Camp explained that her communication with British tour operators led to the conclusion of what obstacles British citizens who want to visit Herceg Novi have to overcome - crowds at the Montenegrin border with Croatia and registration of residence. Bearing in mind that the majority of tourists from Great Britain arrive at Herceg Novi from the Dubrovnik Airport, Camp and Katić agreed that it is necessary to resolve the issue of summer crowds at the border with Croatia, to which the Embassy will strive to draw attention.
President Katić said that British tourists annually have between 15.000 and 20.000 overnight stays in Herceg Novi and hope that this number will increase in the coming years. During the meeting, he particularly focused on the opening of new luxury hotels and marinas in the territory of Herceg-Novi Municipality. These projects, which positively affect the reputation of Herceg Novi, make the city a more attractive destination for citizens of Great Britain.
President Katić introduced the Ambassador to the rich social and cultural life of Herceg Novi and invited Her Excellency to visit Herceg Novi during February and March and be the guest of the city during the 50th Mimosa Festival.
January 21, 2019 - The Tourist Organization of Herceg Novi scheduled a meeting with the workers in the tourist business of the city. The topic of the meeting to be held on Wednesday, 23 January, will be the presentation of the marketing system and the creation of city tourist offer for the 2019 season with a focus on the events.
January 20, 2019 - Ski Center Vucje near Niksic is a great ski destination in Montenegro if you are looking for a ski resort that will meet the needs of the whole family. Unlike the most popular ski destinations in Montenegro, the ski resorts Kolasin or Zabljak, where numerous facilities are out of walking distance, Vucje offers a program to enjoy for the whole family in one place. Once you arrive here and park your car, you will not need to use it again.
18 January 2019 - The winter season is at its peak and favorable weather conditions have cheered up all those who intend to enjoy the tourism offer of central and northern Montenegro. The President of the Tourism Committee within the Chamber of Commerce of Montenegro, Dragan Ivančević, reminded of the fact the weather certainly affects the number of tourists over summer, but the winter season has been something completely different.
“The fact this winter in Montenegro is going to be snowy allows us to be optimistic and proud to say that we are going to exceed expectations when it comes to the outcomes of this year’s winter season. But, if we want to seriously deal with winter tourism, we have to stop counting only on ‘God’s willingness’,” said Ivančević.
According to him, the greatest shortcomings of the tourism offer are lack of adequate accommodation capacities – high-end hotels with pools and wellness centers, infrastructure, qualified human resources etc.
However, good planning and promotion can open numerous possibilities for adequate development of mountain centers, he said.
From December 2017 to March 2018, Montenegro recorded 115,311 arrivals, which was by 30% higher compared to the 2016-17 season. In addition, there were 255,729 overnight stays, which was by almost 17% higher compared to 2016-17.
These figures, Ivančević added, have been quite impressive. According to him, all investments of over several million euros in the infrastructure of winter centers are pretty much cost-effective.
January 20, 2019 - The Regent Pop Up restaurant opened its doors on the first floor of a prestigious hotel in Porto Montenegro. Guests of the hotel Regent and restaurant visitors will have the opportunity to be part of the innovative gastronomic concept of the hotel, focusing on the gastronomic heritage of Boka Bay and the hinterland, each day until 15 March, from 6 pm to 10 pm.
19 January 2019 - The new entertainment winter Top programme by the Television of Montenegro, which will be launched on January 20, represents a conceptual and technological innovation by the national broadcaster. Through the following four weekends, TVCG teams will broadcast the winter atmosphere using new equipment. The recent acquisition is a step further in the process of digitizing TVCG.
After several successful projects during the autumn, the TVCG 2 is implementing a new entertainment winter programme. Over the next four weekends, the spectators will be able to witness the atmosphere at four Montenegrin ski centres, whose promotion starts with Kolašin within the “Top programme” (Montenegrin: Vrh program).
Six ski resorts are operational this winter in Montenegro - Savin Kuk and Javorovača at Durmitor, Kolašin 1450 and Kolašin 1600 in Kolašin, Vučje in Nikšić and Hajla in Rožaje. The resorts welcomed numerous guests from other cities of Montenegro, as well as from Serbia, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, as well as guests from Western and Eastern Europe.
"After Kolašin, we will move to Vučje, then to Savin kuk at Žabljak, and then we will end the coverage at Hajla in Rožaje. We will broadcast live with a unique entertaining format. The coverage will include interviews with the representatives of local governments, but also with the guests of the ski centres. We have also prepared some competitive games and prizes for the winners," said the editor of the entertainment commercial programme Top programme, Branimir Žugić.
The editor of the TVCG 2, Sabrija Vulić, pointed out that the national broadcaster will focus on the “winter story” because the World Skiing Championship will follow right after. "TVCG spectators will have the opportunity to enjoy winter charms in Montenegro, even from their warm rooms, for the next twenty days," the editor stressed.
TMN already reported on the offer of Montenegrin ski resorts for the winter 2018/2019.
18 January 2019 - The Public Enterprise for Coastal Zone Management of Montenegro has completed the official Atlas of Montenegrin Beaches – a cadastre of beaches and swimming areas from 2019 to 2023, which determines the standardisation of the beaches, i.e. 12 "types" of beaches that exist on the Montenegrin coast. The beach and swimming area types were already determined within the Program for the Improvement of the Coastal Zone of Montenegro, which was adopted in 2018 by the Steering Committee of the Public Enterprise.
The Atlas defines: hotel swimming areas, family swimming areas, active rest swimming areas, party swimming areas, romantic swimming areas, city swimming areas without beach equipment, swimming areas for people with dogs, swimming areas with natural healing factors and wellness facilities, excursion swimming areas, nudist swimming areas and swimming areas intended for children's resort.
With the categorisation of beach types, the beach offer is harmonised with the demand of the markets that require the segmentation of the swimming areas, explained the director of the Public Enterprise for Coastal Zone Management of Montenegro, Predrag Jelušić.
“When we declared a certain segment of the Great Beach as sporting and recreational, for guests who want a more attractive and active vacation, we noted that the outcome was favourable. The guests who like to spend their vacation on beaches with a full-day, active content were overjoyed with the innovation in our offer. Thus, this year we have also made progress through the development of the Strategy of Montenegrin Beaches, and we believe that both tourists and the local population will appreciate the change," Jelušić said.
In Herceg Novi, including Njivice, Žanjic, Rose, Dobreč, Mirišta i Arza, 131 bathing places are categorized, of which most are family swimming areas.
“We also want to take on the role of spatial planning for the permanent integral land management in other municipalities, raising the level of quality of service and content which are appropriate for the coastal zone,” Jelušić said. “When we complete the documentation and determine which objects can permanently improve the quality of tourist offer in all municipalities, we will also be able to designate the number of necessary catering facilities. We will insist that these be catering facilities of high content, a minimum category of 4 stars,” explain the representatives of Coastal Zone Management Enterprise.
Source: Radio Jadran
18 January 2019 - From May 22 to December 1, 2018, the ferry “Dubrovnik” on its route Bar-Bari-Bar (Montenegro-Italy-Montenegro) transported 21.887 passengers, 3.955 cars, 206 camper buses, 44 buses, 888 trucks, 36 trailers and 460 motorcycles. During this period, the ferry departed for Italy 37 times.
The company Barska plovidba AD has been in charge for the route between Bar and Bari for the last two years in cooperation with its Croatian partner Jadrolinija from Rijeka, whose ship "Dubrovnik", for the second year in a row, connects the coasts of Montenegro and Italy, a line that exists over half a century.
The ferry "Dubrovnik" has connected Italian and Montenegrin coasts on the Bar-Bari-Bar route from May 22, 2018, according to Barska plovidba. The leaders of AD Barska plovidba and Jadrolinija from Rijeka signed an agreement on cooperation in 2018, which stipulated that during 2018 the ship "Dubrovnik" will cover the route between Montenegro and Italy.
The ferry Dubrovnik has the length of 122,06 metres, a width of 18,82 metres and height of 12,55 metres with a gauge of 4,83 metres.
The ferry’s structure includes a restaurant with 135 seats, a self-service restaurant with 224 seats, a cake shop, a bar with 274 seats, a video hall, a chapel and a playroom for children.
In 2017, the ferry "Dubrovnik" departed for Italy on 44 occasions and transported about 23.500 passengers and about 4,000 vehicles.
"This line was established in 1965, and so far it has transported two million passengers, 240.000 cars and about 100.000 trucks and trailers. For half a century, the number of passengers who have travelled on this route is four times bigger than the total number of people living in Montenegro, and our most successful business years were 1995, 1996, 2006, 2007 and 2008, "said Tihomir Mirković, Acting Director of Barska plovidba.